Tell us a bit about yourself…
Joined the NWH Group in August 2017.
Born in Leith, Edinburgh in 1989. Left for Norwich on the East Coast of England at 10, before returning to Edinburgh for University at 18. After graduating, I began my career in transport & Recruitment with ADR Network, the UK’s largest agency supplier of professional LGV driver. Over a two year period I worked across the Birmingham, London & Swindon areas.
During this time I also took a three month career break to complete a lifetime goal of travelling Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia & Australia; mainly trying lots of new and different foods, as well as trying to (poorly) learn the languages. I then returned to Edinburgh to work in the Clinical Healthcare sector of recruitment for two years, before coming back to the transport industry with the NWH Group.
Away from the office you will likely find me at Easter Road watching Hibs, at Murrayfield watching the Edinburgh or Scotland rugby team, eating at one of Edinburgh’s many fantastic restaurants with my partner Tara, or at home listening to one of my 200 vinyl collection.
What was your first day at The NWH Group like?
My first days at NWH was spent meeting the many new faces within the company, visiting the different sites across the business, before getting straight on the phone to find skilled & professional drivers to help us meet the demand for NWH’s services.
What was your first impression of us?
From the start I could see that everyone within the business has a passion and a desire for the company to be successful. Every department contributes to this in their own way, but each team does their very best to ensure the company continues to grow and prosper.
What is a typical day at The NWH Group like for you and what are you currently working on?
I cover lots of different recruitment and HR responsibilities for NWH, and every day is different. However, my day generally involves processing all the applications we receive across the business for the different vacancies we have, speaking to suitable applicants on the phone to find out more about them and explain who NWH are and what we are looking for, then hopefully arranging a driving assessment. If they are successful at assessment, they will then meet with their relevant line manager before a decision is made. From there I support them until they join NWH, creating a contract of employment, making a job offer and arranging induction.
In addition to the day to day recruitment, I am heavily involved in resolving any issues with the Softworks platform we successfully launched this year, speaking with new employees to see how they are finding the new job, organising the apprentices we have within the different departments within the business, as well as organising the large amount of paperwork we receive in the HR office.
What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy the process of speaking with a candidate for the first time, guiding them through the assessment and recruitment process, and then seeing them out working for us once they have joined the team. This confirms that all the time, hard work and effort has been worthwhile.
If you could switch jobs within anyone in the company for the day who would it be and why?
I’d love to be a driver for a day in any of our divisions, unfortunately I don’t think I have the driving skill & talent that our drivers possess to do what they do.
What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
A very tough question, but I would probably say achieving a First Class Masters Degree in Business Management at Heriot-Watt University, which took endless hours of studying and hard work. This helped me get my first step on the ladder in my career, which has led me to working with NWH five years later.
What is on your wish list for the next five years?
Buy a house, get a dog, buy more vinyl, travel more.